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Re: Battery Tiedown

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Subject: Re: Battery Tiedown
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 14:40:55 -0800
Well, I have the stock battery hold-down (never used). As you say, the 
holes are already there. But the Group 26 12V battery fits so tight in 
the well that I didn't see any way to fit the hook rods down beside the 
battery. And, the top bar is too short to go across the battery top. I 
suppose I could find a generic one, as you did. Perhaps it would work 
with the stock rods, and I wouldn't have to cut them down.

Eric had this to say:

>Max Heim wrote:
>> >Skye,
>> >
>> >I use a bungie cord. ....
>> I do, too (I just didn't want to admit it). But now that we're
>> confessing...
>I can promise you that this would not get past scrutineering :-)
>The night before my first ever race I was panicking because I didn't
>have the bettery (single 12v) tied down properly.  I had bought a
>standard clamp arrangement but left it to the last minute to fit - as
>you do.  It was now early hours of the morning and I could not quite see
>how it would fit.
>As it turned out, after I got the bits of wood that were packing the
>battery in tight up until now (very professional job it was, too) I
>found holes for the hooks already in the sides of the 'well'.  I was
>preparing to drill these but a PO probably did it already ... unless
>they are standard.  Check for yourself, you may be worrying about
>The only problem was that the holes are half way up the walls which
>means that the butterfly nuts would not tighten down all the way and the
>threaded tops of the hooks stick up to far to fit the lid down.  I used
>a judicious number of washers and hacksawed the tops down to size and
>all was well.
>Of course, the scrutineers never lifted the lid on the battery
>compartment!  But I guess it was still the wise thing to do.
>'68MGB MkII
>PS In fact, after six race events they STILL have never lifted the
>battery compartment lid!


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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